Sports in brief: Nov. 18

The Journal breaks down the latest in Queen’s athletics

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The Gaels are no stranger to success.

Cycling triumphs, sweeps the podiums

On Saturday, the Queen’s cycling team hosted a University Cup Mountain Bike Race for 46 athletes from 11 schools—the first of its kind in three years.

The event happened at the local community bike venue: MTB Kingston. The race started with a long road stretch before entering MTB Kingston’s barn and then out to their eight-kilometer technical pump track. Athletes completed two laps of this single track that featured wood paneling and root obstacles.

Queen’s swept the podium. For the women’s race, Kaitlyn Shikaze won gold, with Hannah Rydlo and Sarah Fabbro winning silver and bronze. Gaels also filled the men’s podium with Jack Ciotlos, Seamus Carlyle, and Teagan McGuire placing first, second, and third.

Rowing totals 15 medals in last two tournaments

On Oct. 29, Rowing competed in the OUA Championships. The women’s team came second overall, and the men’s team finished in third place. Together, they brought home 11 medals.

The women’s pair, men’s pair, and men’s eight were all golden in their events. The men’s double, lightweight men’s double, lightweight women’s pair, and women’s eight each brought home silver. To cap off the winnings, the women’s single, men’s single, lightweight women’s double, and women’s four all earned bronze. 

A few weeks later at the Canadian University Rowing Championship, Rowing collected even more hardware.

Andrew Hubbard earned silver and bronze in the U23 men’s single and men’s single, respectively. Shaye de Paiva placed third in the U23 women’s single event, and Claire Ellison and Jacquie Groenewegen also won bronze in U23 women’s pair.

Both Men’s and Women’s Cross Country finish in U Sports top ten

Last weekend, the cross country team travelled to Nova Scotia to compete in the U Sports Championships. The conditions were brutal; they faced up to 50km/h winds as they battled through rain and mucky trails.

The men’s team exceeded expectations with the best finish in 20 years: third overall. Considering many of their athletes aren’t graduating this year, expect the Gaels to have a good chance at podium finishes for years to come.

The women’s team executed a successful race day as well, finishing in 10th place. Queen’s own Elizabeth Vroom finished 29th in her race, and earned the U Sports Rookie of the Year title.

Men’s Hockey shut out their oldest rival

Last week, Men’s Hockey met RMC in the battle of the causeway.

The Gaels destroyed the Paladins with a 2-0 victory at home. The game was in a 0-0 standstill for the first two periods, but the Gaels were hungry for points by the third period. Jonathan Yantsis and Holden Katzalay each scored to help Queen’s pull off their third win in a row.

Two days after the RMC game, the Gaels played McGill at the Memorial Centre.

The Redbirds scored off a power play early in the first period, but Trevor Longo tied it up for Queen’s a few minutes later. The teams played the rest of the first and all of the second without any more net action before McGill secured the win in the third. Katzalay scored for Queen’s late in the game, but it was too little too late as the Redbirds won 3-2.

Women’s Volleyball sweeps U of T

For the first two games of their regular season, Women’s Volleyball played the Varsity Blues and finished victorious both times.

The first matchup was on Nov. 5, in which Queen’s cleaned up and won the first three sets. They competed again on Nov. 6 and Toronto put up more of a fight. The Gaels won the first set, but the Varsity Blues pulled off a 25-23 win for the second. The rest of the sets were a back-and-forth battle that ended with Queen’s taking the game in the fifth.

Men’s Volleyball 2-1 to start off season

Men’s Volleyball started their season with two games against U of T.

The Varsity Blues took the first on Nov. 5 after winning three of the five sets. Queen’s, however, got another attempt for victory the next day and won their first three sets on Nov. 6.

This past weekend, the Gaels crossed the bridge to meet the Paladins. The Gaels swept RMC by also winning their first three sets, bringing their record so far this season to 2-1.


cross country, cycling, Hockey, Rowing, sports in brief, Volleyball

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